More milk price transparency call

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

There's milk in thar hills

Gary (left) and Ben Mackintosh on their Putorino farm in northern Hawke's Bay

Life is very busy for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

Chinese sales behind targets

Pure Canterbury infant formula.
Photo:SUPPLIED/SYNLAIT MILK LTD

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities.

Kanuka right at home

Kanuka and cattle rub shoulders on the Beamish farms

Naturally-occurring kanuka is one of the main features on the property which won the Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year title.

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opinion

Challenges ahead for rural communities

Stew Wadey is chair of the Matamata District Federated Farmers.

Our rural communities are well aware now of the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants, will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Fieldays

Young farmer has big future plans

Ohaupo young farmer James Robertson won $80,000 worth of scholarships for his agricultural studies at Massey University.

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Rural Bachelor contestants for National Fieldays 2015.

Hunks line-up for bachelor event

Hearts will be skipping a beat across two nations as eight country hunks contest the Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

dairy

There's milk in them thar hills

Gary (left) and Ben Mackintosh on their Putorino farm in northern Hawke's Bay

Dairy farming on hill country, doing a university degree, starting a new business and working with dad to keep family land in the family. All in a day's work for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

Chinese dairy giant's formula sales disappoint

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities.

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

More milk price transparency urged

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

New meat industry pilot may work out kinks

A new pilot partnership between individual meat farmers and processors could lead to some farming dogmas curbing profitability being tested and found wanting by science, says Greenlea Premier Meats.

Janette Wills from Matamata receiving her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Wills thrilled to receive ONZM

Waikato woman Janette Wills was thrilled to receive her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Sheep

Sheep death disagreement

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

She's capable of doing everything

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Merino farmers Tony and Rebecca Clarke with samples of wool woven from their 15 micron ultra-fine fleece they supply to Konaka Co.

Fine merino suits are hot sellers in Japan

Japanese company buying merino wool for suits heading back to NZ's high country next year with another 20 of its top sales people.

cropping

Vege planting postponed again

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Select avocado growers make good returns

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Motueka Fruitgrowers Association chairman Simon Easton says growers are ``pretty positive'' about potential returns from this season's fruit.

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

agribusiness

Kanuka right at home on winning farm

Kanuka and cattle rub shoulders on the Beamish farms

Naturally-occurring kanuka is one of the main features on the property which won the Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year title.

Chinese take milk battle to Fonterra

Waikato welcomes it's third Chinese dairy factory in as many years.

Bright Dairy uses Canterbury-based Synlait Milk to manufacture its infant formula brand, Pure Canterbury. This is one of Bright's advertisements in a KiwiRail magazine.

Chinese dairy giant's formula sales disappoint

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

When is a tax not a tax?

When the Prime Minister says so, apparently.

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